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From continental comedy in Stockton to Christmas trees in the Tyne Valley, plus two alternative Sunday lunches, there’s plenty to do in the North East this weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT
Denmark is the land of smart but stylish knitwear and tasty pastries, but isn’t as well-known for its comedy. Sofie Hagen aims to change that. She’s the winner of the Best Newcomer award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is performing at ARC, Stockton this evening. Go see what all the fuss is about.
www.arconline.co.uk

SATURDAY MORNING
With December upon us, it’s time to start thinking about decorations, and the best place to pick up some inspiration is at Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival this weekend. The doors to St Andrew’s Church will open at 9am and the twinkling trees decorated by groups, businesses and schools from the parish will be judged in the morning. 
www.corbridgechurch.org.uk

SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Get your kids into the Christmas spirit by meeting Father Christmas at Wallington this weekend, where each child will get a special gift. The house has been decorated ready for the festive period, and the intricate Christmassy decorations are a wonder to behold themselves, as is the warm Edwardian conservatory, which is adorned with decorations handmade by the gardeners.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

SUNDAY LUNCHTIME
The latest addition to Durham’s endless assortment of quirky cafés, Bean Social is the ideal place to grab an alternative Sunday lunch. Their hot daily specials will keep out the chill. Look for a butter bean and barley hot pot, sweet potato and vegetable biryani or veggie pesto burger with spiced potato wedges.
www.facebook.com/BeanSocialDurham

SUNDAY AFTERNOON
I love tacos very, very, very much. So, it’s with a heavy heart that I’ll head down to Barrio Comida on Newcastle’s Quayside for the last time before they close on 3 December and go back to their habitual supper club and pop-up MO. Mine’s a guisado, with ox shin braised with guajillo chili and queso fresco, graçias.
www.barriocomida.com

Published in: September 2017

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